Wacky Watercooler January 2017 Mini Blog Hop #2: Occasions Catalog Redux!

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Hello & welcome to the second of our two mini January Hops

This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.  There is just too much stamping goodness to contain ourselves to one single hop!

Once again we’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  You can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Today I’m honored to be starting the hop but if you are working the hop in a reverse circle you may have arrived from Priscilla’s blog.   Amazing work as always Miss Priscilla.  I always find wonderful CASE ideas from her shared projects.

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Today I drew my inspiration from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies and the new Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder it was easy to create a very simple but colorful card.

Inside the Lines Dragonfly Dreams

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake, Beautiful You (inside sentiment)

Ink: Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay & Very Vanilla Cardstock CardstockInside the Lines Designer Series Paper

Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Hello You Thinlit Dies, And Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine, Bone Folder, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Foam Brayers.

Measurements:

Bermuda Bay Cardbase: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”

Basic Black Layer: 3-3/4” x 5-1/2”

Inside the Lines DSP: 3-1/2” x 5-1/2”

Very Vanilla inside mat: 4” x 5-1/4” + scraps for words and dragonfly

I love the soft feel of the colors and elements.  Nice too that the drawn picture is already there and waiting since I don’t have those types of artistic talents.  Thanks Stampin’ Up for giving us a wonderful starting spot to play with.

A very easy card.  Because I created this card for a class I used three foam brayers (they come 2 to a package) so that there would be one brayer for each of the three colors applied to the Inside the Lines Paper.  Basically I CASE’d the card from page 10 of the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I decided to mat the brayered piece with Basic Black (and then embossed the matted piece) to really make the colors pop and then used a Bermuda Bay cardbase to add a bit more pop and color.  I found that this layout worked with most if not all of our various die cut words.  Turned out the most popular word in class was sunshine!  Possibly because of all the rain going on?  I loved the way the dragonfly tail could run right into the “n” of the thanks so most of my versions used the thanks.  After all…who can’t use a few cards saying thanks!

Now it seems I’m going to need even more of this paper as all 22 people in class pretty much used up the whole pack!  Between this brayered version and the one I shared in a recent card color challenge I’m using up the three ink colors reinkers and the paper incredibly fast!

Click the link below to download a PDF of the directions and pictures:

Inside the Lines Dragonfly Card by Jean Fitch

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My dear friend Germaine sent me a gorgeous card using the new SAB set Avant Garden and since she doesn’t have a blog couldn’t participate today.  So…I decided to add her card to the hop via my blog.   She wanted me to tell you that this card is a CASE of one by Brandy Cox found here.  I love the ribbon and other alterations she made don’t you?

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Supplies:

Stamps: Avant Garden (SAB freebie)

Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive

Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White Cardstock,

Other:  3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Brights Sequin Assortment,  Bone Folder,  Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

Love the way the dotted background paper was homemade with a stamp from the set and a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Super!  The images are fairly quick to fussycut too.  So overall not too hard and a very elegant look.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation Miss Germaine!  I know I’ll be CASEing this cool project this weekend.

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One last shared project from my sideline Linda.  I saw this card at our Stamp Camp last Saturday and knew you’d want to see it.  Didn’t have time to case it myself so this is Linda’s original work based on a sample from the Occasions Catalog.  I have to say…this card is the one that convinced me to order the Sealed with Love bundle of stamps and dies and the coordinating paper stack.   I really didn’t think I needed another Valentine set but it turns out I do!  Nice that I can save 10% off it as well don’t you think!   Thanks Linda.  My budget isn’t quite so sure.  LOL

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wacky-watercooler-january-2017-hop-2-sending-love-interior-linda-millerInside of card with the “love note” inside the envelope.

wacky-watercooler-january-2017-hop-2-sending-love-interior-detail-linda-millerCute the way the little love note pops right out of the envelope.

Both the envelope and the love note are created with dies from the set.

Supplies:

Stamps: Sealed With Love

Ink: Versamark, Real Red

Paper: Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstock, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (inside), Gold Foil

Other:  Big Shot, Love Notes Framelit Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Bone Folder,  Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

I love the touches of gold that add a touch of elegance to the soft and subtle feel of the Soft Sky.  Even though Real Red is a bold and bright color it fits right in with the softer feel of the other colors.   Totally loving this card.  Thanks Miss Linda for sharing your creation for the hop.

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.   As you can see, the products I’ve shown will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies!   Sweet!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Heidi’s Blog   Heidi is not only our coordinator for the hops and challenges our group participates in but she is an original and crafty lady in so many ways.  My CASE file overflows every time I visit her blog.  I’m so thankful that she recovered from her pneumonia (or mostly anyway) in time to participate in this hop.   Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Wacky Watercooler January 2017 Mini Blog Hop #1: Occasions Catalog is Here!

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Welcome to the first of our two mini January Hops

This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.

We’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.

Are you wondering how we all created projects with products that were just available as of yesterday?   We’re all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators!  And…we get our hands on new product a month early.  If that sounds good to you check with your demonstrator and sign up today so you’ll be ready for the next new catalog early.  And…demonstrators can earn additional free goodies during Sale-a-Bration!   Okay…back to the hop.  Hee, hee.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from Christine’s blog.   Amazing work as always Miss Christine.  Not only is Christine a wonderful friend but she fire’s up my creative mojo every time with her shared projects.

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For today’s hop I’m concentrating on one of my favorite forms of card.  The notecard!  A tad smaller than the traditional card size but still mailable with standard postage.   I love that they come in a pack of 20 for a mere $6.00.  And…they include the envelopes and are already scored and ready to fold and go!

Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies it was easy to create a very simple notecard (took about 5 minutes or less (love, love, love that silky and satiny new vanilla ribbon too).   Then I created a slightly more stepped up notecard.   Given how many notecards come in the package it would be easy to create an entire set to give as a gift.  A little specialty paper, washi tape or ribbon and a set of dies and you are ready to get creating.   Of course the Dragonfly dies also come as part of a bundle with a wonderful set of stamps and at a 10% discount so I’d look at that before you grab just the dies.  😀

Dragonfly Delight Notecards

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The Clean and Simple Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Bone Folder, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

A very quick and easy card.  Fold and crease the notecard, tie on the new luscious ribbon, die cut a grouping of dragonflies (it’s all in one die so easy to cut and glue down).  And lastly, stamp a sentiment from the new Swan Lake set ( I love the idea of dragonflies not exactly having a plan for their travel don’t you?), banner cut the ends and apply with dimensionals.  Stamp a few images from Swan Lake on the inside and you’re done!   Oh…and the notecards use regular postage so no worries there.

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The Stepped Up Urban Underground Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other:  Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Bone Folder, Urban Underground Washi Tape, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

In this version of the notecard I played a bit more with papers and replaced ribbon with washi tape (easier and more affordable so I love that trick.  Easier to mail too!).  The only tricky bit was die cutting a set of dragonflies out of Very Vanilla and then tapping the die cut on the Delightful Dijon ink pad to add a bit of color and definition.  Not really all that tricky but a tad messy that’s for sure unless you use a plastic bag or over cover to keep the ink off your fingers.   I slipped a bit of the same carousel paper behind the Urban Underground.  I thought it gave a bit of a watery background look for the dragonflies.  They do so often fly over water right?

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.   Quick and simple meets the need so often.   And as you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies!   Sweet!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Marsha’s blog.   Marsha is not only an original and crafty lady in so many ways and areas but she’s also our fearless leader this time around.  She stepped in at the last minute when Heidi came down with a winter case of pneumonia and is away from the keyboard.  Bless you Marsha for stepping up and I know we’ll be inspired by her hop contributions.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Wacky Watercooler November 2016 Blog Hop: All About Christmas!

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Welcome to our “All Out” Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the “All Out” Christmas Celebration Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas you’ve come to the right place.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is a dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.    I hope you found her projects as inspiring as I always do.  I always enjoy Gails original take on life and on stamping.  She’s so often the heart of our Watercooler stamping group.  A fun presence that reminds us all how much joy there is in life.

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Today all the stops are out and we’ve a wide open field for any kind of project!  So…what do you think I did?  Cards of course.  {grin}   Over the next few weeks I’ve got projects of all kinds on tap to show you but as we approach the end of November I’m working madly to finish as many cards as I can so I’ll meet my first week of December mail out deadline.   That’s my annual deadline…just don’t ask me when they really get mailed.  LOL

Here’s my first Christmas offering.   A

The secret ingredient is Washi Tape…and gold.   Love that rustic/formal combo.   Over the weekend I’ll be sharing a page of directions as well as a pictorial tutorial to show you exactly how it’s done.  It’s really quite easy.

Santa Sleigh Tree with Washi Tape

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Supplies:

Stamps: Santa’s Sleigh, Star of Light (the three stars)

Ink: Versamark, Garden Green

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock & Gold Foil

Other: Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

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Next up is a fun Gift Card Holder in a bag.   For this project I got my new Stitched Frame Framelits out to play.  I’ve done the new rectangle from a square in this same design but wouldn’t you know…I gave that version away!  Arghhh…just before the hop.   So…check back again and I’ll have that for you too as well as directions on how to make the rectangle.  In the meantime…here’s the simpler version.

Note:  The Blooms & Wishes stamp set that I used is 25% off through the end of November so if you want to CASE it’s the perfect time to purchase the ingredients.

Stitched Frame Framelit Gift Card Bag

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Supplies:

Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Merry Medley (background Stamp)

Ink: Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Glassine Bags

Other:  Bone Folder, Linen Thread, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Rhinestone Jewels, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

I’ll have directions for this one as well over the weekend.

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Last but not least here’s my final project.  It just isn’t Christmas without a star right?  So using the Star of Light stamps and dies I’ve created a couple of “Star of Bethlehem” type card designs.

Star of Light 1 & 2

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Supplies:

Stamps: Star of Light

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Other: Big Shot, Evening Star Thinlits, Bone Folder, Silver Metallic Thread, White Seam Binding,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  Especially if you are still working on getting your own cards ready to send out.  As you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Holiday and Annual Catalogs.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Christine’s blog.   Christine is another original who is crafty in so many ways and areas and that joy of creativity always shines through.  I know you’ll be inspired in so many ways.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Rosh Hashanah – Stampin’ Up Demo’s Jewish New Year Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome my friends to a very special blog hop.   If you are traveling in the usual direction you’ve arrived from Yapha’s blog.  Yapha is a very special and creative lady and one I’m blessed to call a friend.  Her creations fill many of my Pinterest folders and especially when it comes to special Jewish holidays she’s the one I turn to first for a creative jolt to the mojo.

Four years ago several of us got together to put on the first ever (as far as we knew anyway) Stampin’ Up Hanukkah Blog Hop.  A hop that was spread over several weeks and that tired us out to the extent that it’s taken us four years to attempt another!  {grin}

Being now older and wiser and with busier lives we came together with a number of other friends some Jewish and some not but who love and appreciate those traditions, to create a quick and easy series of Jewish Holiday themed hops.  Today is our first for this year!!

Today we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year holiday.  Wondering what exactly that is?  You can learn more about it here.

With Rosh Hashanah a mere 7 days away (Oct. 2-4) we want to inspire you in your preparations of  heart and home and perhaps to create a card or home decor item of your own.

As is usual with most blog hops you can follow the hop in either direction using the arrows provided or use the list of hoppers at the bottom of the post to check in with any stops you might have missed.   Enjoy!

Sweet Blessings

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes (inside sentiment), Bear Hugs (honey pot), Christmas Pines (Blessing sentiment), Shooting Star (hive), Sprinkles of Life (basket)

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper:  Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: Tree Builder (apples)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

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Do you ever make a card that just makes you feel good.  Something soft and meaningful with perhaps a touch of country style?   The end result of this project did that for me.   When I started I had a completely different design in mind.  Then I saw the new Pretty Paisleys embossing folder and it took me in a totally different direction.    Being a card for Rosh Hashanah I was pretty sure I wanted to use honey and apples in some form and reflect on blessings for the New Year for those I love as well as myself.

Whether you are Jewish or not…celebrating this holiday or not…I think you’ll find this design works for many occasions and the blessings you would wish for another to whom you would send this card.

May your life be sweeter and filled with a new purpose and a renewed relationship with He who made us in the New Year.

Shana Tovah!

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Added Note: We had a bit of a hiccup with a couple of the blogs and their platforms so really…this isn’t the end.  Please scroll down to the link list and check out Liz and Debby’s blog posts for the hop now that the links are working.

That’s the end of the hop ladies and gentlemen.   Please feel free to circle back through for a closer look and to leave some comments.   If you have an questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or send an email to the project blogger.  We’re always happy to share our love of stamping.   May your New Year be sweet and your desk full of inspired stamping.

 

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Blog Hop Stops:

Nancy Stollnitz Hoetker – www.nancysniftynotes.com

Miriam Biegun Permut – MyInkPad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler July 2016 Blog Hop: Our Third Anniversary Celebration!

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Welcome to our July Third Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the third anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop series.  After three years together I can’t help feeling I should be making Anniversary cards for each of my hopping buddies.  I love my fellow artists and you dear readers as well, for sticking with us, and visiting today!

Who are the Wacky Watercooler Artists?   Most of us are Stampin’ Up demonstrators (or were when we started the hops) who hang out in a back corner of our company chat site and do precisely that…chat.  We’ve shared our ups and downs.  Funny and sad lives and stories for so long that even though most of us only know each other from online or the occasional meet up at conventions or on the phone you’d believe we’ve been neighbors for years!   It’s amazing how close we’ve gotten and how the friendships have grown.  Bless you Internet and Bless you Stampin’ Up!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we started the hops.  At the beginning I was the captain and I was honored to lead such a wonderful gang of friends and rubber stamping artists.   Behind the scenes was so much fun (and occasionally challenging) coming to consensus for designs and hop policies as we got started.   We’re all strong minded but with loving spirits so the best of the best always came out in the end.   If you’ve been following us for all that time you know that Heidi is now at the wheel of the bus and is also our able and beloved captain and there have been a few other changes in the line up over the years.   I’m jazzed that so many who were in at the start are still regular contributors and even more that Heidi was able to bring the entire gang from the first hop back together to join the celebration along with newer members of the band to share some inspiration.  If you are as nostalgic as I am you can see the very first hop here.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.   In fact…we’re hoping to lead you there with many of our CASE projects this time around from the original hop.  Enjoy!

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is another dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.   I seem to be bracketed by my sisters from the north this hop. {grin}   I hope you found her as inspiring as I always do.  While not an original hopper Gail has jumped in with a heart and soul that keeps the Watercooler itself (and our hop) hopping with her original take on life and stamping.

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Today’s hop, as part of our celebration has us featuring older stamp sets that are still current on our stamping shelves – a mean feat for some sets to last that long don’t you think?  Two in particular.  Gorgeous Grunge and Wetlands you’ll see as you follow along through the hop.  Of course we may throw in other sets as well to keep it interesting (or ones we hope will still be around in another 3 years).  At least I did.  LOL

Here’s my first celebratory offering.   Appropriate don’t you think that it’s mixed with a set called Picture Perfect.   Beaches and wetlands so often are don’t you think?  A perfect picture?  And also gorgeously grungy?  Sorry…I couldn’t resist saying that. 😀

The secret ingredient is gold.  Check the directions I’ve shared in PDF form and you’ll see touches of gold everywhere that add to the texture.

Picture Perfect Starfish

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A version closer to Penny’s with a wonderful and inspiring sentiment from Rose Wonder.

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And a detail of the gold embossing that gives the starfish so much life and texture.

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Note:  This lovely design is a CASE of fellow artist Penny Hanuszak who shared the original version on a Watercooler Wednesday Challenge posting a few weeks ago.  Thanks Penny!  I added a sun and different sentiments to change it up just a bit.  Check the post for Penny’s directions or my own PDF below.

Do you have Gorgeous Grunge yet in your stamping arsenal?  It took me a while to add it to mine but now it’s there that speckle image is one I reach for time after time.  Here I’ve also gotten the lined image baptized with ink.  Another popular image for creating roadways and waves in their respective places.

Do you remember that saying that “today is the first day of the rest of my life”.  It was popular as a philosophy and even in song back in the day.   Probably why I fell in love with the Suite Sayings “Forever begins today” sentiment.  Possibly it’s just me but I find it applies to so many occasions.  I’ve left a sentiment off the inside of this so I can decide later on the occasion Forever will be paired with.

Supplies:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic, Picture Perfect, Wetlands, Suite Sayings.

Ink: , Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark

Paper:  Soft Suede (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Island Indigo (4″ x 5-1/4″), Crumb Cake (3-1/2” x 3-1/2”) for the Starfish, Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″, 4″ x 5-1/4″)

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin’ Sponges, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

Picture Perfect Star Fish-Jean Fitch – PDF directions and dimensions

Tool Tip:  Do you remember this old trick for keeping your sponges organized?  A punch piece folded and stapled to the bit of sponge with the paper and title that reflects the ink color.   I’ve added to it with a plastic cup to keep the sponges in while working with them so I don’t get ink all over the table (or where I don’t want accidents to happen on projects in progress).

Sponges for coloring

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Next up is a fun popup Spring Fold card using our stamp and punch combo Grateful Bunch.  I also used the brand new copper embossing powder.  I wish you could see this in person.  Much more coppery!

Pop up Grateful Bunch Spring Card

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View from the back

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - back - Jean Fitch

Collage that shows you the full front, side and folded flat

Grateful Bunch Spring Card Collage Image - Jean FitchAs you can see from the pictures the card folds flat for mailing.  The flat size is a 4-1/4″ square so it’s perfect for our regular envelopes.   This version made use of our new Peekaboo Peach In Color.  Another color combo that has a bit more zing a bit less vintage look uses Watermelon Wonder.   My sideline Linda made off with that version before I could take a picture so I’ll have to share that version at a later date.  Smart woman.  The stampers at the Stamp Camp where I debuted this all loved the Watermelon Version and grabbed for those papers.  Myself…I rather like the vintage look of the peach.  A bit Victorian don’t you think?

Supplies:

Stamps: Grateful Bunch, Rose Wonder

Ink: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Versamark, Peekaboo Peach

Paper: Mint Macaron (4-1/4” x 8-1/2”), Soft Saffron (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Peekaboo Peach (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Whisper White (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”). Measurements apply only to the colors you choose to use. White and Background color scraps.

Punch: Blossom Bunch

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Metallic Thread, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

Here’s the directions in PDF form and if you don’t have a bone folder yet…you’ll want one now!

Pop Up Grateful Bunch Spring Card Hop Version-JeanFitch

And a link to Dawn’s video that showed me how the folds work for the basic Spring Card.  The decorative design is mine (grin):  https://youtu.be/LE5p70Rwx9s

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  As you can see, they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in our new Annual Catalog.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Terri’s blog   Terri and I met up online originally and then in person at a Stampin’ Up! convention.  One of my fondest convention memories ever!   We’ve been friends ever since.  So many of her fun, interesting and inspiring projects have landed on my CASE lists over the years that I’m expecting that to be the “CASE” this time around too! {grin}  Can’t wait to  see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!   Terri is another one of the original hoppers.   Take it away Terri and Happy Anniversary!

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Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Blog Hop: New Catalog Open House

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Welcome to our June New Catalog Open House Blog Hop

Today we’re opening our hearts, homes and studios to the New 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.   Hopefully you’ve had that little darling of a catalog in your hands already for a week or two.   And I hope you will agree with me that it’s the best catalog ever!   Yeah…I know…I say that every year…but this year I really mean it! 😀   So many wonderful items carried over from my favorite ever Occasions Catalog and even better…new toys (er…creative tools) to play with for the next 12 months.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Marsha’s blog.  Marsha and I have been friends for years and often bounce ideas off each other.  Today is no different since Marsha never fails to come up with interesting and inspiring projects that always land on my CASE list!  Can’t wait to go back and see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

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For today’s “open house hop” I’ve decided to share the same cards I shared at last Saturdays live open house.  Friends were able to make these next two cards and play with new colors, new punches, new images and of course new Big Shot bits and pieces (as well as the returning favorite Woodland embossing folder).

Now that we are into June Stampin’ Up has returned the Woodland Embossing Folder to the lineup.  It departed for a short time after the Holiday Catalog retired last January but after an outcry from customers and demos alike they brought it back.  If you’d like a repeat of that for the Cups and Kettles dies and stamps from Occasions call Stampin’ Up at 1-800-782-6787 and share your thoughts!

Please note:  If you would like the directions to either of the following projects please drop me an email or leave a comment.  I’ll be happy to pass them along.

Foxy Friends in the Woodland

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Duet - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Landscape - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Portrait - Jean Fitch

With the dark hues of Tangerine Tango and the bare birches of the Woodland EF this card will work perfectly for Fall.  Add a die cut Santa cap and it works for Christmas.   Of course foxes are out and about any time of the year so the basic design works all year round as well.

Foxy Friends and the new Duet Banner Punch and matching Thoughtful Banners stamps are turning out to be two of my favorite bundled product packs.   The only thing I forgot was the coordinating Foxy Friends Designer Series Stack!  No worries…it’s coming.

Check back next week for a quick look at what I’m planning for both bundles come Christmas!    Our local Rogue Stampers group will be doing Christmas in July and I’m hoping an early peek at two of the cards will fill our roster of attendees at the Stamp a Stack we have scheduled.  There is always room for you dear reader if you are in the area.

Supplies:

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Tangerine Tango (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Whisper White Thick (3” x 3-1/2”), Whisper White Thin (4” x 5-1/2”, strips)

Punches: Fox Builder (new), Duet Builder (new), Corner Rounder or Envelope Punch Board

Other:  Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

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Floral Affection’s Flirty Wink

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed Flirty Flamingo colors, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed, Flirty Flamingo colors, Partial Wink, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Two variations.  One with all but the dots inked and the other with only the flowers.  Pity you can’t see the sparkle and shine that the Wink of Stella clear pen imparted.  Pick your favorite.  I’m curious to hear which you prefer.

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Various text stamps – First Sight, Wetlands

Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo (reinker), Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White (thick)

Other:  Big Shot, Floral Affection Embossing Folders, Dimensionals & SNAIL

Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella brush pens.

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Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen using the Flirty Flamingo ink refill.

Technique Tip:  It’s easy to paint with the Wink of Stella pens.  Place a wee bit of reinker in a dish and pick up the ink with the Wink of Stella pen and apply to the area you would like to color.  Works with an inked image or an embossed image.  To clean the pen just wipe it on a scrap of paper until the color disappears from the pen tip.  Much as you would use a blender pen.  Of course…you are losing a bit of the shimmer fluid that way.  You might prefer to keep a variety of pens dedicated to color ranges like pink, red, orange, green, blue and so on so you can just pick up a pen and go.

As an alternate: You can also just squeeze the pad and use the ink from the pad cover that transfers from the squeeze.  However…and it’s a big one…make sure you wipe up the leftover mix of ink and shimmer fluid from the Stella pen.  You’ll contaminate your ink pad if you don’t thoroughly clean all the leftovers from the cover before closing the pad.   Much safer to use the reinker in a separate dish in my opinion.

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I encourage you to play with the fun new products that I’ve showcased today.  As you can see, they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in our new Annual Catalog.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my fab friend  Heidi’s blog (she’s also our wonderful hop coordinator so leave her some comment love!) her wonderfully inspired creations are another set always fun to see and CASE.  Heidi my dear…you really have to stop enabling me into new product!   Of course…what else are friends for.  LOL

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: April’s In Color Filled Hop

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Welcome to our April Blog Hop

This month we are focusing on the retiring In Colors as well as a special “CASE the Watercooler” feature.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  Marie’s blog.  I love Marie’s creative work as well as the name of her blog.  Tanglewood Cottage just sounds like some place I want to settle in with a cup of tea, a good book and creative and crafty work.  The perfect description I’m sure.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  You can return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

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First up is a duo with gold in common but shown in different color ranges.

Golden Number of Years

Golden Number of Years - Wacky Watercooler April 2016 Blog Hop - Jean Fitch - Number of Years and Something to Say stamp setsTwo cards for the price of one picture. {grin}   I was running out of the Mossy Meadow version of the paper and decided to see what else would work with this design.  I rather like the look of the Basic Black Designer Series Paper from Botanical Garden.  A very Asian look I thought. One of my favorite design types.

Golden Number of Years (Shiny Version)

Golden Number of Years (shine version) - Wacky Watercooler April 2016 Blog Hop - Jean Fitch - Number of Years and Something to Say stamp sets

I threw in the shiny version picture so you would have a better idea of just how shiny the the gold really is in person and with a bit of light at the right angle.  Either way the look of the cards feel very elegant to me.   Who knew the wild Botanical Garden paper could have such a nice and restrained pattern in it.  Very Saville Row don’t you think if these papers were material for suits?

The card is a tent fold that stands up and has a delicate frame created with our Oval Collection Framelits.  Sadly those Framelits are on the retiring list.  So are the Itty Bitty Accent punches and the Something to Say stamp that I used to create the flowers.  The Botanical Garden paper is going too.   Thankfully the Number of Years and it’s matching set of dies are staying!  Whoop. Whoop!

So if you want to recreate this exactly and don’t have these items…time to start shopping!

Supplies:

Stamps: Number of Years, Something to Say (flower)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist & Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper

Punches: Itty Bitty Accent Pack

Other:  Big Shot, Oval Collection Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, SNAIL ,  dimensionals, glue dots.

Technique: Heat Embossing & Frame and Window Die Cutting.

With all the variety of occasions in this stamp set you can easily imagine Birthday or Anniversary as two appropriate occasions for this card.  Add the sentiments now or add them later on the inside.  Either way…Happy is the perfect word for the front.

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CASEing our fellow artists has become a popular feature on many of our hops so of course…we couldn’t resist doing it yet again.

I had my wish granted with Bev as my CASE subject.  I so enjoy cruising her blog and seeing her creative use of color and design mixed with her caring and all embracing spirit.  I always end up with food for thought as well as creativity that reaches into my soul and changes me.  In a good way. 😀

Here’s the card from Bev that I’ve CASEd and a link.

Bev's bouncing Brayer - WWC54card

If you want to get a taste of Bev’s outlook that will set you thinking here’s another post that really caught my mind and heart.

CASEing Bev with a Party!

Make a Wish Birthday Card - April 2016 Watercooler Blog Hop - Jean Fitch - Perfect Pennants

Yes…I know that’s not the usual way of spelling casing.  But…when I CASE (copy and share everything) I use the word case in capitals in a different way so the add-ons change as well. {grin}

Here’s the inside:

Make a Wish Birthday Card interior - Watercooler April 2016 Blog Hop - Perfect Pennants & Party Wishes

Thanks Bev for the inspiration.  This was a fun one!

Supplies:

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Party Wishes (Occasions Catalog)

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey (yes…all the retiring In Colors!)

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White & Gold Glimmer Paper

Punches:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack (star)

Other:  SNAIL , glue dots, dimensionals

Technique: Baby Wipe Inking

The Baby Wipe Technique is a fun one and the color choices are only limited by your imagination.

It works by placing lines of color using reinker drops one by one on a folded up pad of two Baby Wipes and then placing your stamp across the lines of ink.    I’m storing the pad I created in an acetate box that closes tightly so I can come back over the next few days and create other designs with the same pad.  A fun and inexpensive way to play.   If you are a tad perfectionist you may want to take out your Stamp-a-ma-jig and place your long banners exactly.  I’m a more seat of the pants stamper so I eye it and enjoy the variations that happen since I can live with surprises and a bit of imperfection.

I love that all 5 of the retiring In Colors work so well together.  Very regal looking colors don’t you think?   I also found that the mix of stamp sets Perfect Pennants (annual catalog) and Party Wishes (occasions catalog) worked perfectly together.  My heart is still trying to get over the fact that both these sets are disappearing from my catalogs.  Really Stampin’ Up?  They’ve had their run?  Sigh.  I know I’m supposed to embrace change but it’s so hard when I love a set so much.  Check them out…truly…you’ll want them too.  That image from Party Wishes that says…a party without cake is just a meeting…caught me from day one of the Occasions catalog.

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I encourage you to play with and purchase  these fun retiring products that I’ve shown you today.  As you can see they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Annual Catalog also with the upcoming new catalog as well.  But don’t wait too late if you don’t have them yet.  They are moving fast from available to fully retired and gone.  Sob!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on to my Watercooler friend  Priscilla and her wonderfully inspired creations.  Her sweetness as a friend infuses her work too.  I know you will love her and the projects.

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